College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences

Jason Turcotte


Office: Building 1-322
Phone: 909-869-3526
Email: jmturcotte@cpp.edu

Jason Turcotte (Ph.D., Louisiana State University) is Assistant Professor of Communication. He received his B.A. in Communication and Political Science from Roger Williams University, and his. M.A. in Media, Culture, and Communication from New York University. He teaches primarily in the Journalism option.

Prior to teaching, Professor Turcotte spent several years working as a journalist for various print and online media. His research focuses on how the news media cover campaigns and policy issues. Of particular interest is understanding how news norms and processes influence the agenda of key campaign events, including electoral debates.

Professor Turcotte teaches:

  • Survey of Mass Communication
  • Reporting I
  • Public Opinion and Propaganda
  • Political Communication


Sample Publications:

Turcotte, J. (2017). Who’s citing whom? Source selection and elite indexing in electoral debates. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, 94(1), 238-258.

Turcotte, J., York, C., Scholl, R., Irving, J., & Pingree, R. (2015). News recommendations from social media opinion leaders: Effects on media trust and information seeking. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 20(5), 520-535.

Turcotte, J., & Paul, N. (2015). A case of more is less: The role of gender in US presidential debates. Political Research Quarterly, 68(4), 773-784.

Turcotte, J. (2015). The news norms and values of presidential debate agendas: An analysis of format and moderator influence on question content. Mass Communication & Society, 18(3), 239-258.

Turcotte, J., & Goidel, R. K. (2014). "Political knowledge and exposure to the 2012 U.S. presidential debates. Does debate format matter?" PS: Political Science & Politics, 47(2), 449-453.

Goidel, R. K., Kirzinger, A., DeFleur, M., & Turcotte, J. (2013). "Difficulty in seeking information about health care quality and costs: The field of dreams fallacy." The Social Science Journal, 50(4), 418-425.